Hello, how long has she had a swollen chin?
We first noticed it yesterday
Still eating and drinking normally?
Yes she is
Can you tell me about the housing you keep her in?
Her cage is about 2ft by 5ft and it contains her litterbox and a small hutch. She is free to roam the entire house though, and has access to every room except for the bathroom and kitchen.
Have you ever had her teeth checked? Are you able to look into her mouth for me?
her last vet appointment was in january and her teeth were fine. I can check now. anything in particular to look for?
Do her front teeth appear overgrown? Any food in the mouth?
Usually chin swelling, eye discharge is due to dental disease. The swelling in the mouth from an infected tooth can cause the nasolacrimal (tear) ducts to get clogged resulting in discharge from the eyes.
no, her teeth look good and there doesn't appear to be any swelling in her mouth
Do you have any other pets in the household?
no she's the only one
Is she rubbing at her chin?
I've noticed that after she eats, she'll rub her chin (kind of like there's something stuck on her and she's trying to get it off). He chin is pretty raw, swollen, and it's actually bleeding a little bit
You also mentioned her genitals being swollen. Any discharge?
Has she been spayed?
no discharge from there, and actually it looks like the swelling has gone down quite a bit. She does often have discharged from her eyes though. And that has been happening for months.
she is spayed
the swelling on her genitals has gone down, her chin is still the same (just to clarify)
It sounds like she may be having some dental problems. The best way to have that evaluated is under sedation and have a thorough dental exam performed. Your vet may want to check for abscessed teeth, as well as, rough edges on the back molars that may need to be smoothed down.
I believe that she will be okay until morning, if you are planning on taking her in.
oh great. thank you very much. I just wasn't sure if it could be something life threatening that needed immediate attention. we'll be taking her tomorrow and I'll let our vet know.
Great. Glad I was able to chat with you about it.
Any other concerns that I can help with?
Please let me know what you find out at your vet appointment in the morning.
just one quick last question... is she in any pain? and is there anything we can do to a) prevent her form irritating it more and b) make her more comfortable?
How soon is your appointment?
I'll be calling in the morning, so as soon as they can fit me in. They can usually see us within two days
or the day of hopefully
She may be uncomfortable, but if she's still eating that is a good sign.
It would be best to prevent her from rubbing if you observe the behavior. Keep her chin clean.
What are you feeding her?
hay (which she's munching right now), a small amount of pellets, and a big bowl of lettuces and herbs once a day
You can add some water to the pellets to make a slurry, which will make it easier for her to eat until you get her into the vet.
I'm glad she's still eating.
I'll try that tonight. Thank you so much Dr. Douglas! I'll definitely keep you updated.
Great! It was very nice chatting with you. Have a good night, try not to stay up too late.
You too! So helpful! What a great resource. Have a fantastic evening yourself!
What's your rabbit's name? I almost forgot to ask.
Oh, Ezzy (short for Esmerelda)
Very cute. Give Ezzy a rub for me. Take care.